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I am participating in the CareerHMO program (love it, by the way). I'm getting more comfortable stating that I was terminated from my last position. I was with the company for 13 years and it was heartbreaking and a real kick to the gut for me. I have seen a lot of advice on whether or not I should be honest with prospective employers during interviews or just be vague and state I was laid off or organizational changes happened. That has been my approach for the last couple of interviews and I just don't think they are buying it. I always feel better being honest so I'm starting to think I just need to explain what happened, take my share of the responsibility, and hope for the best. Any advice?
Amanda Haddaway

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I'm one of those people who tends to think that honesty is always the best policy. With that being said, I don't think you have to spill your guts about every minute detail of what happened. Take the high road and explain that you enjoyed your long tenure with the employer, but things change. It also helps to put a positive spin on it -- what did you learn, you're looking forward to a new opportunity, etc.

It's also important to keep perspective. Most employees stay with an employer 1-3 years. Your tenure far exceeds that and any prospective employer should see that you can hold a job and keep it.

Good luck as you continue the interview process!

Don Goodman

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Honesty is fine BUT you need to be careful about indicating there were issues as there are 2 sides to every story and they will not have the desire to find out the story from the other side.

Generic answers are fine, especially in this market. The truth is better if it does not make you or your employer look bad.

For example, "Frankly I had grown as far as I could and I did not see that future opportunities would arise in the foreseeable future.  I like a challenge and this job was becoming a bit too easy for me".

Nick Gagalis

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In addition to Amanda's and Don's suggestions, these posts may offer some guidance.

How To Address Being Fired In A Job Interview
How To Create An Effective Resume Even If You Were Fired
CAREEREALISM Articles Tagged "fired/laid off"

Let us know what you think afterward!

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Michael Peggs

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Hi Jen,

I'm a CAREEREALISM Career Expert, and I agree with Amanda and Don. Another suggestion is to pivot away from the question all together. I'm not suggesting you not answer the question, but instead of focusing on the end why not speak to the new beginning. Since you left, what have you been doing to update your skills, increase your industry expertise and stay connected to the movers and shakers in your industry.

Take back control of the conversation by choosing to focus on the future and what you're accomplishing, professionally and personally, to get there!


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